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The director, Martin Copping, wrote this film after the loss of his mother to Alcoholism.
The director, Martin Copping, wrote this film after the loss of his mother to Alcoholism.
The director, Martin Copping, wrote this film after the loss of his mother to Alcoholism.
550 backers pledged $53,014 to help bring this project to life.

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 THE DUNES POSTER

 We are excited to share The Dunes trailer with the world...

The Dunes is a psychological thriller set in the small fictional beachside town of 'The Dunes' in Australia on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

The film follows Nicholas Rice, a renowned journalist for the LA Times, who returns to his hometown of 'The Dunes'.

While he's there, a mysterious figure from his past re-emerges and threatens his entire existence.

Kanga - one of our cast members
Kanga - one of our cast members

 We love Australian Wildlife!!!

The film has a message! This film is a cautionary tail.

It's riddled with underlying themes of substance abuse; something that effects millions of people every day. After losing family and friends to addiction, this topic is something that Martin is extremely passionate about spreading awareness of and shining a light on in order to help and educate people.

A WILD RIDE!

As an audience, we believe you are going to love this movie. It's a delicately woven story, with moving themes and escalating climaxes which will take you on a quest that will keep you guessing until the very final scene. 

'The Dunes' are more than just grains of sand. 'The Dunes' is a metaphor for the ups and downs we all experience throughout our lives.

This is sure to be one hell of a thrilling ride!

"Tim Phillipps is electrifying in his role and gives a chilling performance as William Knight,” - Cinema Australia, 2017

 

Maria and Martin chasing kangaroos
Maria and Martin chasing kangaroos

 Grab some popcorn...

...and get ready to meet the talented and dedicated creatives behind this movie!

A graduate of Australia’s National Theatre Drama School, Martin Copping recently appeared on American TV screens in the hit television series ’Hand of God’ from Amazon Studios and ‘Hawaii Five-O’ for CBS, and is soon to appear in the TV adaptation of the 2006 hit comedy ‘Beerfest’ for Warner Bros.

The Dunes is the feature length directorial debut for Martin.

Tim Phillipps starred in the hit Australian TV series Neighbours as the much loved Daniel Robinson. Tim has also starred in 'The Secret Circle', 'Once Upon a Time', 'Lemon Tree Passage' and 'Liars All'. Tim's other credits include the Oscar Nominated 'Animal Kingdom' and as the lead character in the CAPCOM video game release 'Devil May Cry'.

Maria Volk (Marsha Vassilevskaia to her friends) has performed in projects with Nicholas Cage, Owen Wilson, Anton Yeltchin and Shane Jacobsen. She is very excited to be playing Beccy in 'The Dunes'.

Jacinta Stapleton is no stranger to Australian TV screens having appeared in over thirty films and TV projects. Recently, she starred in 'Molly', 'Schapelle' and 'Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS'. Jacinta also starred in 'Steven King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes' with William H. Macy, Tom Berenger and William Hurt.

David Ross Patterson has appeared alongside some of the worlds most recognizable and awarded movie stars including Brad Pitt in 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', Eric Banner in 'Chopper' and Brian Cranston in 'Godzilla'.

KATE NEILSON is a very familiar face in the Australian media. She has starred next to the likes of Robert De Niro, Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Ben Mendelsohn.

You are now entering - The Dunes
You are now entering - The Dunes

Australiana is a term denoting items, people, places, flora, fauna and events of Australian origins...

Julia Robertson is an entertainment professional who began work in Talent Management and Film/TV Production. Robertson worked at ROAR, a Talent and Music Management Company for 3 years pitching A-List clients to casting directors, coordinating with production on client films, strategizing clients social media management and acting as a liaison between management teams, casting, networks, studios and production. 

She now brings her expertise to our little indy and we love her for it!

Rebecca is a Eurasian-Singaporean actress and producer. She grew up living in Amsterdam, France, Beijing, Hong Kong and Sydney and did her training at LaSalle College of the Arts in Singapore, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. Since then, she began her career in stage, television and now feature film production. She's brings an amazing light and positivity to The Dunes that is very contagious!

Freddy Noriega began editing at age 12 and has grown into one of New Leaf Pictures most valuable assets. Freddy cut the trailer that is featured on this page and is currently snipping his way through the feature length rough cut. To see more of Freddy's credits visit his IMDb page.

A New Zealand native, Darren has worked alongside the best in the business. Cutting his teeth on the studio blockbuster series 'The Hobbit' from the acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson. Now residing in Los Angeles, Darren has lent us his keen ear and kindly taken up the task of guiding this movie into a soundscape extravaganza!

 Can you feel the beat? We sure can!

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, longtime friends & collaborators Kristian Attard and Serg Dimitrijevic collided in Los Angeles, forming what would soon become known as Intergalactix – an interstellar combustion of groove based music, space travel and vintage devices.

Intergalactix has been working behind the scenes for more than a decade on projects with the likes of Jason Mraz, Heart, Earth Wind & Fire, Kelis, Allen Stone, Ariana Grande, Pras Michel (the Fugees), Cool & Dre to Australian heavyweights Jimmy Barnes and PNAU, as well as recording in Miami with Cash Money Records for their previous project. 

We are over the moon to have this multi-instrumentalist production duo scoring our movie.

Gregory J. Wolk stars as 'The Oracle'
Gregory J. Wolk stars as 'The Oracle'

Rounding out the Cast are: Robin Copping (Stork, Alvin Purple, The Pirate Movie). Gregory J. Fryer (The Sapphires, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Red Billabong). Timothy O'Dwyer (Wlfred, Underbelly, The Wedding Party). Clyde Boraine (Angry Boys, Nowhere Boys, Neighbours).

That's a wrap!
That's a wrap!

 

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges

Every micro-budget feature film has risks and challenges, The fact that we have already shot 80% of our film means that the risk is very low. 50K is the bare minimum amount that we can make this movie for. We are experts at stretching a dollar. That being said, if we exceed our financial target, then any extra money we are able to raise will go in to making the movie bigger, better and even more awesome. We can use better post production facilities and spend more time fine tuning, to create a more polished final product.

Rest assured that even at our minimum budget of 50K the film will be where we need it for a theatrical release.

Our team knows what they're doing!

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    Heating up!

    Things are heating up! This is where we formally say Thank you! You will receive a Special thanks in the end credits of the film. 1 x Digital Download of the Movie and also 1 x Digital Download of the Movie Soundtrack! (available on completion of film).

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    Read the script. We will send you your own digital download of the script with YOUR NAME printed on the cover page!!!

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    The Koalas are eating all the Gumtrees!

    Being awesome is tough. We know this. I'm sure you know it, too. So we offer you a chance to crown yourself Emporer of Awesome. How? Try this on for size: 1 x Signed post card from key members of the cast. 1 x The Dunes fluffy Koala pencil holder. 1 x The Dunes trucker cap AND All previous perks AND a personal thank you over FaceTime or Skype from director Martin Copping..

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    Kanga the Kangaroo Special!

    As well as most of the other REWARDS. You will also receive. 1 x The Dunes T-Shirt. 1 x The Dunes Signed DVD. 1 x miniature fluffy toy Kangaroo.

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    The Training Mate Special!

    Here at The Dunes we believe in health and fitness. That's why we've teamed up with the Los Angeles based Gym with an Aussie twist. With this reward you will receive: 1 x one- month pass to Training Mate. 1 x Training Mate Tank. 1 x Pair of Training Mate Shorts. 1 x Training Mate Trucker Cap. 1 x Training Mate Water Bottle.

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    Getting to the nitty gritty!

    30 min chat or acting lesson with director Martin Copping. Plus most of the other Rewards.

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    Premiere Pass!

    Now the real fun begins. You will receive 2 x tickets to the LA or Melbourne Premiere of The Dunes. Come and walk the Red Carpet with the cast and crew!

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    Associate-Producer Pack!

    Now we-'re Making Movies together. You will receive your name in credits of The Dunes as an Associate-Producer! How cool is that!!!

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    Co-Producer

    Now we're shooting for the stars!!! You will receive your name in credits of The Dunes as a Co-Producer! We can't believe this is happening!!!

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    Speaking role in The Dunes

    You will have a speaking role in the film. This reward gives you a character name, IMDb Credit, and a speaking role in the The Dunes. You will receive an edit of your scene opposite one of the films stars. (Please note that the final edit of the scene is at the producers discretion. And the actor must be available during the shoot days which are TBD). Character name in the final credit sequence of the film, an IMDb credit, and a copy of the scene are all guaranteed for this reward.

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    Executive-Producer

    We just hit a home run! You will receive your name in credits of The Dunes as an Executive-Producer! You will also be collected in a Limo and driven to the premiere (same city only) to walk the carpet with the cast and crew and you will sit with the cast and crew during the screening!!!!

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    • Digital Download of The Dunes
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    • Dunes Trucker Cap
    • Miniature Fluffy Toy Kangaroo
    • Signed Postcard
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    At this level you probably don't even want our perks as you probably have your own flying unicorns to get around on. However, you will get them all anyway. Because we love giving cool stuff away!!!!!

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